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With its recognized knowledge, its equipment at the cutting edge of technology, its experienced technicians, its partnerships with the best engine tuners in the paddock, and its ever-increasing prize list year after year, the Energy Corse team is determined to set its sights on the podium in 2021.
“As we do every winter, we have prepared for the new season perfectly,” admits Mick Panigada. “The development of the equipment has been validated during the numerous tests we have recently carried out. The performance is clearly there and we are optimistic about our ability to enable our drivers to progress in the best conditions.”
Energy Corse has won numerous titles in the various “Mini” categories in recent seasons, such as the overall victory for the Russian Dmitry Matveev at the 2020 WSK Super Master Series. This time, the Italian team will count on Jensen Burnett, Hugo Martiniello, Joel Pohjola, Alfie Slater and Sasha Van’t Pad Bosch. All of them have already made a name for themselves since their debut.
Slater finished second in the IAME International Final in 2019 and Martiniello has won many races on French soil. Van’t Pad Bosch finished second in the IAME Euro Series in 2020, Pohjola recently distinguished himself at the IAME International Games, while Burnett made good progress at the last Rok Cup Superfinal
- Jensen Burnett (CAN)
- Hugo Martiniello (FRA)
- Joel Pohjola (FIN)
- Alfie Slater (GBR)
- Sasha Van’t Pad Bosch (NLD)
As in 60 Mini, the Energy Corse squad in OK-Junior will be made up of drivers of different nationalities, with Dutch, Lithuanian, Russian and British representatives. All of them will start with great motivation, the desire to gain maximum experience, and the will to progress rapidly towards the top. This will be the case for the promising quartet of Nathan Schaap, Sirvydas Šimkus, Yaroslav Trukhin and Brandon Carr, winner of the 2017 Florida Winter Cup in, seventh in the 2019 IAME International Final, fourth in the 2019 British Championship and coached by Ben Barnicoat.
- Brandon Carr (GBR)
- Nathan Schaap (NLD)
- Sirvydas Šimkus (LTU)
- Yaroslav Trukhin (RUS)
Alexander Dunne is far from a stranger in the international paddock. The Irishman has often made a name for himself at the wheel of his Energy Corse-TM Racing machine during his first season in OK in 2020. He intends to use this season to consolidate and has decided to reiterate his confidence in the Italian team. He will team up with the Lithuanian Jokubas Bagdonavicius whose progress will be interesting to follow.
- Jokubas Bagdonavicius (LTU)
- Alexander Dunne (IRL)
Titled European Champion in this category on several occasions since the beginning of the 2000s and already winner of the International Supercup, the Energy Corse team intends to continue its podium harvest in KZ2. It will be able to rely on both proven equipment and very fast drivers. With a great experience in brand cups, the Dutchman Joey Van Splunteren climbed the ladder in 2020 for his first year in KZ2, already with Energy Corse.
He is joined by his compatriot Martijn Van Leeuwen, well known for his performances in Junior, OK and KZ2 a few seasons ago. They will serve as a reference for two youngsters moving up from OK: the Lithuanian Kajus Siksnelis, winner of the FIA Karting Academy Trophy in 2019, and the Russian Maksim Soldatov, a finalist in the 2019 World Championship.
- Kajus Siksnelis (LTU)
- Maksim Soldatov (RUS)
- Martijn Van Leeuwen (NLD)
- Joey van Splunteren (NLD)
Find out more about driver line-ups for 2021 on our dedicated page.
More about the 2021 season:
- WSK Champions Cup: More than 340 drivers for the 2021 season kick-off at Adria
- Bridgestone & MG selected as tyre suppliers for the 2021 FIA Karting Championships
- Sarno presents its new track layout for 2021
- Champions of the Future: the 2021 calendar is complete
- IAME X30 Euro Series: New trophy, fuel and tyres for 2021
- 2021 FIA Karting Championships calendar confirmed